Community participation in conservation

Last week, I featured in this column the recent finding of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PhilBio) on the increasing population of the Visayan tarictic hornbill in Negros Island. This development came after the past five years of annual



We now have over 200 COVID-19 positives in the province, including Bacolod, and it is inevitable that figures will continue to rise in the coming days from test backlogs and the resumption of travel for LSIs starting today. As announced, there will be one flight a day and a boatload come Wednesday.


What the quarantine exposes

In a sense, we have to be thankful for this quarantine time since it actually can act like a reagent that would expose to us the stuff we are made of and of what and how we are making out


No strikes for ABS-CBN

No strikes. Just “OUT” immediately. I don’t know why the thought of baseball just came to my mind when I learned that Congress never gave second thoughts, or another chance at bat, before declaring ABS-CBN out of the game. Of course nobody questioned the referee, they all know who his own coaches must be. Some of my own colleagues have expressed apprehensions at what could also happen to our own fellow practitioners who may dare step on tender toes, but I always console myself with what the late Msgr. Antonio Fortich used to tell us: “They won’t bother with you, you are only mosquitoes”.



It would seem that government officials are running out of ideas and are now turning to instilling fear among the people of the country to ensure compliance with health protocols against COVID-19. Instead of focusing on more diligent and humane enforcement with heavier fines, they resort to the threat of imprisonment as a penalty for quarantine violators.


Brgys given P15M

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson turned over checks to barangays of Negros Occidental yesterday, totaling P15 million to fund their projects, a press release from the Capitol said.


Cops nab 4 drug suspects

Four more drug suspects were apprehended by the police in separate buy-bust operations on Wednesday and Thursday in Negros Occidental that also yielded more than P27,000 worth of suspected shabu.


CHO gets 1,000 rapid test kits

The Dumaguete City Health Office received about 1,000 Rapid 2019-NCOV test kits recently, that were procured by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to replenish the dwindling stocks of the city’s medical technologists to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.


Body of fisherman found

The body of the fisherman who had been missing since Tuesday was found floating in the waters of Barangay 1 in Ilog town, Negros Occidental, at about 6 a.m. yesterday.

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1.7K tourism workers get P8.8M in cash aid

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is welcomed at the Bacolod-Silay Airport by Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson, and Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia (l-r, front) yesterday* Capitol PIO photo

Senior citizen, 3 others yield P137K in ‘shabu’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A senior citizen and three others were nabbed in drug buy-bust operations in Negros Occidental on Monday, that yielded about P137,000 worth of suspected shabu and its paraphernalia, the police said. Operatives of the Regional Drug

Gov’t addressing high food prices

The government has readied immediate and medium-term solutions to help tame the increase in the prices of food items, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque gave the assurance, as prices of agricultural products and other food items remain high

Social media faces reckoning; Trump ban forces reset

Social media giants crossed a threshold in banning US President Donald Trump and an array of his supporters – and now face a quandary on defining their efforts to remain politically neutral while promoting democracy and free speech. After the

Duterte retains 5% tariff on deboned poultry meat until 2022

The tariff on mechanically deboned meat (MDM) of chicken and turkey will remain at 5 percent until December 2022, according to Executive Order 123, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Jan. 15 and made public yesterday. He signed the EO

Start of SEA Games training discussed

A waiting game ensued as to when the national athletes can finally begin their training for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games set to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2 this year. But Philippine Sports